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El Cercado, San Juan, Dominican Republic SocialMinistryElCercado@gmail.com 1-809-558-0215 (esp) | 1-829-762-2762 (eng)

Health

Kids at a water fountain
Social Ministry’s work extends across a diverse area of  health including the building of community  water systems, latrine construction., training of health promoters, distribution of food, a maternal-infant program, senior care, pharmacies, housing construction, medical clinics and prevention of infectious diseases.

Our work supports

  • A Senior Citizen Day Care Center serving 55 poorest of the poor with meals, health care, and recreation.
  • A town pharmacy and 14 outlets for low cost medicines.
  • The construction of 23 community water systems with chlorination filters.
  • Monthly deliveries of food bags to 120 elderly and disabled persons with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
  • The construction of 1,865 outdoor latrines for sanitation control in rural communities.
  • Preventative health care program with 60 trained volunteer health promoters monitoring infectious disease like zika, cholera and dengue,vaccinations, monitors blood pressure and sugar diabetes and provides health education for community residents.
  • Medical clinics for surgery, eye exams, ultrasounds, and dentistry.
  • Building of wood burning stoves that use less fire wood and  smoke controlling chimneys.
  • A maternal-infant care program that provides vitamins, protein supplements, monthly weighing of babies until 5 years of age and monitors the health of pregnant women.
The Community Pharmacy
The community pharmacy that provides low cost medicines to the town of El Cercado and 14 village outlets.
San Vicente de Paul delivers over 100 food bags monthly to the poorest of the poor, shut-ins and disabled people.
St. Vicente de Paul delivers over 100 food bags monthly to the poorest of the poor, shut-ins and disabled people.
Senior Citizen Center serves meals, provides fresh clothing, medicines and recreational activities for 55 seniors in the community.
Senior Citizen Center serves meals, provides fresh clothing, medicines and recreational activities for 55 seniors
Seniors dancing at their Day Care Center.
Seniors dancing at Day Care Center
Health Promoters graduating after a 16 week heath prevention course sponsored by the Social Ministry Committee.
Health promoters complete 16 month training sponsored by Incarnate Word Church Rochester, N.Y and ANESVAD Foundation, Spain
Heath promoter vaccinating a pregnant mother.
Heath promoter vaccinating a pregnant mother
Health promoter teaching parents how to feed their malnurished child and giving a protine supliment called nutrifort.
Teaching parents how to feed their malnourished child using a protein supplement called Nutrifort
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weighing babies to determine if they are malnourished
Health Promoters practicing how to take blood pressure and check sugar levels.
Health Promoters practicing how to take blood pressure and check sugar levels
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Dress a Girl Around the World provides dresses for girls in vulnerable communities to deter child trafficking and abduction
Outdoor latrine to improve sanitation.
Outdoor latrine construction to improve sanitation
Water chlorinator for community water system.
Water chlorinator for community water system
Albida Montero-Guatapanal
A family poses with their old house before the construction of a new one sponsored by FUNDEPAZ, New York
Cement Block Housing for the Poor.
Cement Block Housing for the Poor, sponsored by FUNDEPAZ, New York
Learning to make a clay and cement wood burning stove.
San Diego University students making clay and cement wood burning stove